Easy Cake Balls

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There are a blue zillion recipes out there for cake pops or cake balls. On a snowy morning I had three kids in my  house (none of them my own.)  We needed something to do that was fun and easy. So we made cake balls.

You will need a cake mix (baked according to directions) and approximately 4 ounces of softened cream cheese. There are a lot of recipes out there that have you use a cake mix, but you change the amount of eggs and use butter instead of oil or use milk instead of water. I have no doubt those recipes are good, but this one is easy, simple, and good.

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The confetti cake partially crumbled in the yellow bowl.

For the chocolate topping, I used dark chocolate with 70% cocoa solids. The brand I used was something that one of Dave’s customers gave us for the holidays. I was storing it in my freezer for such a time as this. After a lot of research, I learned that the chocolate used for dipping should be 70% cocoa solid, and back  in the recesses of my mind I remembered stashing some chocolate in the freezer. Viola! I was one happy camper to find Lindt Excellence Smooth Dark chocolate in my freezer – made in New Hampshire by a Swiss company. It was perfect. When we ran out of the dark chocolate, we used a bar of lighter chocolate with 70% cocoa solids. [Thanks you, customers of Dave!].

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The kids and I had a lot of fun mixing the cream cheese into the crumbled cake crumbs by hand (after washing our hands, of course). When you send your kids to the bathroom to wash their hands, have them sing Row, row, row your boat all the way through while washing; then smell their  hands when they come to the kitchen – guaranteed to bring you clean hands for handling food. After all hands had been checked for the fragrance of soap, we rolled the dough into balls and put them on a tray in the freezer for about an hour.

In the meantime, I melted the chocolate at 50% in the microwave, stirring every once in a while. I saved some for last – and when the chocolate was melted, I added the remaining pieces to the hot stuff and stirred until it was completely melted.

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We tried solid toothpicks but found that craft sticks worked better. Because I had to melt the second batch of chocolate, the remaining cake balls became soft and the sticks pushed the balls apart.

Lesson learned: dip the cake balls in chocolate immediately when removed from the freezer so the balls stay intact in one piece.

It was a fun day. You can store the cake balls in the freezer or at room temperature. Your cake balls might not be as delicate and pristine as they would if you do it all yourself, but you’ll miss out on making memories with your kids.

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Easy Cake Balls
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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An easy way to dress up a normal cake that is fun for kids to help make and fun to eat! All you need is a cake mix, some cream cheese, chocolate and candy sprinkles.
Ingredients
  • 1 cake mix with listed ingredients - your choice of flabor
  • 4 oz. cream cheese - room temperature
  • Chocolate with 70% cocoa
  • Candy sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Mix and bake cake mix according to directions.
  2. While cake is still warm, crumble into pieces.
  3. Mix in cream cheese until mixtue can be formed into balls
  4. Roll into small balls
  5. Place on tray and put in freezer for at least an hour
  6. Break chocolate into small pieces
  7. Melt ¾ of the chocolate in microwave at 50% in 15-30 second increments, stirring occasionally
  8. When chocolate is melted, add remaining chocoalte pieces and stir until completely melted
  9. Remove cake balls from the freezer and dip into the chocolate
  10. Add candy sprinkles as desired
  11. Store covered at room temperature or place in freezer for use at a later time

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Pecan Bars

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Ever since I first tried these pecan bars over twenty-five years ago, I’ve loved this recipe. I got the recipe from my friend Lynn, who told me it came from Southern Living. It’s been so many years ago that she has no idea who the author was for this recipe.

Truth be told, I only allow myself to eat pecan bars about once a year – but it’s worth the wait.

There’s a little bit of preparation time to make the crust, but you can mix up the filling while the crust is baking.

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This is the crust pre-baking.

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Working on the sauce!

After your crust is baked, you add the filling, then bake some more. These pecan bars can be served in small squares as a dainty dessert for a special event, or in larger squares for a regular dessert.

Either way, you’ll be glad you took the time to whip this up and pop it into the oven!

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Pecan Bars
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Serves: 12
 
Pecan and sweet tooth lovers will enjoy this dessert. You can decrease the sugar if you'd like and it will still be tasty.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup butter or margarine, cut up
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup butter or marg.
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 ½ cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. CRUST:
  2. Combine flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl
  3. Cut in ¾ cup butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  4. Press firmly into greased 13x9 pan.
  5. Bake at 350° for 17 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. FILLING:
  7. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and ½ cup butter in a saucepan
  8. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring gently.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Stir ¼ of hot mixture into beaten eggs
  11. Add to remaining hot mixture.
  12. Stir in pecans and vanilla.
  13. Pour filling over crust.
  14. Bake at 350° for 34-35 minutes or until set.

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Apple Cake

This apple cake is actually a cross between a cake and a bread. It’s the perfect dish to take when you’ve been asked to bring a finger food. Not too rich and not too sweet, it blends both fruit and protein into a moist cake.

We served this recently at a church Christmas dinner to go along with our theme. It was indeed a hit!

The recipe makes two cakes, so you can serve one and freeze the other for a later time. Be sure not to overbake or it will be dry.

Apple Cake
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A moist and tasty cake with apples and walnut as the main ingredients for flavor. The recipe makes two, so you can serve one and freeze the other for a later time.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (Golden Delicious or Granny Smith recommended)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (I added a little more)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Turbinado sugar (to sprinkle on top)
Instructions
  1. Combine the following: flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda
  2. In a separate bowl, mix togethr sugar, oil, and vanilla
  3. Add eggs, one at a time. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir.
  5. Fold in apples and walnuts (the batter will be thick)
  6. Grease 2 loaf pans and spread half of the batter into each pan.
  7. Sprinkle the tops of each loaf with a little sugar
  8. Bake in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for about one hour, or until toothpick in the center comes out clean.

 

 

 



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Peanut Blossom Cookies

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Peanut butter and chocolate kisses = peanut blossom cookies! Our kids always enjoyed helping to make these cookies. Was it because they got too unwrap the Hersey Kisses and sneak a few on the side?

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Was it because they got to help roll the dough into balls and dip them in sugar? Was it because they got to press the Kiss onto the dough once it had been baked?

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Maybe it was all of the above! This recipe for peanut blossoms never fails to draw kids into the baking process. Plus, it’s such an easy way to draw kids into the baking process.

The peanut blossom recipe is so easy to mix up. I’ve been making these since I was a kid back in my mother’s bakery right off the kitchen in our house.

In those days, we spent a day making as many different kinds of cookies to share with others. This one was always on the list.

You’ll need the usual baking ingredients, including Hershey Kisses and peanut butter.

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Here is the recipe for peanut blossom cookies.

Peanut Blossom Cookies
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A fun peanut butter cookie with a Hersey kiss in the middle - for a fun time with kiddos who like to help mix and bake cookies.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 20 oz. milk chocolate kisses
Instructions
  1. Cream sugars, butter, and peanut butter
  2. Beat in eggs with the milk and vanilla
  3. Stir in dry ingredients
  4. Shape in balls
  5. Roll in granulated sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes
  7. After baking, press a chocolate kiss onto each cookie.
  8. (It takes a while for the chocolate to set up, so you can put the cookies in the freezer to speed up the process.)

 

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